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03/26/2007 01:40:31 PM · #1
What is this ?

We saw this yesterday at my in-laws. It came up from the pond behind the house, across the yard, across the road and into the field.

It picked up whatever it is that it's carrying, and dragged it back from the field and to the pond at least.

First thought was a groundhog, but this isn't the right body or head shape at all. More like an overgrown ferret than anything else.

ETA a less over-sharpened version.
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Message edited by author 2007-03-26 14:28:32.
03/26/2007 01:42:29 PM · #2
I think it's an otter. My grammie has a bunch at her place.

Otter

Message edited by author 2007-03-26 13:44:48.
03/26/2007 01:47:29 PM · #3
My first impression is that it might be a weasel, without a real size reference, its hard to tell.
The victim most likely is a muskrat.
03/26/2007 01:47:53 PM · #4
I've only ever seen otters in water (at the zoo).

I thought they needed a large body of water, not just a little back-yard pond ?
03/26/2007 01:58:15 PM · #5
That doesn't look like the otters I've seen in zoos and what not. What it's carrying looks kind of like a dead Nutria (nasty things that look like a beaver crossed with a giant rat), but the live one's face doesn't look right and it's tail is too furry. I would vote for weasel based on google images.

Message edited by author 2007-03-26 13:58:38.
03/26/2007 02:05:54 PM · #6
I think it may be a mink - I am not sure if they are native in your part of the world, but escapees from fur farms establish very quickly, and they are absolute killing machines.
03/26/2007 02:10:06 PM · #7
After further research, the mystery animal is quite similar to a Mink
The muskrat is most likely is still a muskrat, since they are native to Canada.
03/26/2007 02:10:14 PM · #8
Looks like a mink

//www.mullbirds.com/mink.jpg

03/26/2007 02:11:14 PM · #9
Originally posted by kashi:

What is this ?


Something severely over-sharpened?
03/26/2007 02:17:49 PM · #10
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Something severely over-sharpened?


Yes, that too.

I'm leaning towards mink as being what the animal is.
03/26/2007 02:39:35 PM · #11
Looks like a mink.... i've seen them in the wild.. and this looks like what i've seen
03/26/2007 02:47:54 PM · #12
Looks like a George Bush, I mean a weasel.
03/26/2007 02:50:41 PM · #13
Yep, 'tis a mink :)
03/26/2007 02:52:49 PM · #14
It's hard to tell scale from this photo, but in comparison to the musk rat, this looks pretty large so it could also be a fisher. Very similar in appearance to mink and quite a bit larger.
03/26/2007 02:58:21 PM · #15
Dunno, the fisher's snout is longer than this one's appears, but it might just be the head-on angle of the shot.
Also, comparing it with the size of the grass blades and such, it looks about right for a mink. I think we just have a tiny muskrat? :)

Or maybe its prey is something like a Richardson's vole, rather than muskrat?

Message edited by author 2007-03-26 15:04:58.
03/26/2007 05:26:14 PM · #16
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by kashi:

What is this ?


Something severely over-sharpened?


That was rude.
03/26/2007 06:08:00 PM · #17
I'm with Gatorguy on this one... more than likely a fisher. If your in-laws have pets, keep them in the house at night. We have them where I live and the pet population seems to dwindle quite a bit every spring.

Ray
03/26/2007 06:17:49 PM · #18
a ferret?
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